1 BY a prattling stream, on a Midsummer's eve,
2 Where the woodbine and jess'mine their boughs interweave,
3 Fair Flora, I cry'd, to my arbour repair,
4 For I must have a chaplet for sweet William's hair.
5 She brought me the vi'let that grows on the hill,
6 The vale dwelling lilly, and gilded jonquill:
7 But such languid odours how cou'd I approve,
8 Just warm from the lips of the lad that I love.
9 She brought me, his faith and his truth to display,
10 The undying myrtle, and ever-green bay:
11 But why these to me, who've his constancy known?
12 And Billy has laurels enough of his own.
13 The next was a gift that I could not contemn,
14 For she brought me two roses that grew on a stem:
15 Of the dear nuptial tie they stood emblems confest,
16 So I kiss'd 'em, and press'd 'em quite close to my breast.
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17 She brought me a sun-flow'r This, fair one's, your due;
18 For it once was a maiden, and love-sick like you:
19 Oh! give it me quick, to my shepherd I'll run,
20 As true to his flame, as this flow'r to the sun.


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Title (in Source Edition): SWEET WILLIAM. BALLAD I.
Themes: love
Genres: ballad metre

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Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771. Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, pp. []-198. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the Bodleian Library [2799 d 134].)

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